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Michael Wright

It is fair to say that for most students, going to university is the perfect opportunity to party your socks off.

For Michael Wright, age 22, this was certainly the case. For two years the Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science student from Dudley thoroughly enjoyed his time socialising and having fun. But when it started to seriously affect his grades he decided to act.

“I’ll admit the first two years were not the most successful, but the second semester of the second year was a total reality check,” he said. “I knew that if I carried on I would be graduating with quite a poor degree.”

In the space of a year Michael managed to improve his grades dramatically, and graduated in November 2011 with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Physical Education & Sports Coaching Science.

But his success story does not end there. Encouraged by his excellent academic achievements, Michael decided to take his education to the next level and become a teacher. However, due to a limited number of places, staying on as a postgraduate student was not going to be easy.

“It was really competitive with more than 200 applications for just 17 places,” he said.

Despite the stiff competition, Michael managed to secure a place and is already part way through his Physical Education PGCE at the University of Worcester.

Michael added: “If I had to provide any form of advice to forthcoming students it would simply be this, work hard, and take advantage of all the support options implemented into the structure of the University, and success will follow.”